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Poster: BryanE Date: Apr 24, 2008 4:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead Books

The Scully book is the most unflattering of all that have been published. But Jerry WAS a drug addict. Sad thing about junkies--need that cash to feed that jones because that's all there is: every waking moment is spent in pursuit of getting their sick off. Jerry was an artist of enormous talent, facility, and imagination who also happened to have a big appetite for drugs. That was pretty much the focus of his relationship with Scully as years went on--band matters were secondary.

McNally's book is a good textbook account of The Grateful Dead. My only real criticism is how the tale eventually pares down to basically "more touring," making the final stages of the story uninteresting. Dennis is a good man, though. He's done me a good turn on a number of different occasions.

I'm not sure how well Phil's Searching For The Sound holds up for non-Heads, but I enjoyed it. I didn't set out to weep at the end of it, but I did anyway.

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Apr 24, 2008 8:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead Books

I haven't read many Dead books, but I did start with Thee Dead Book.
Probably the first one written on the Grateful Dead, and it came with a flexi-disc!

I think it was Hank Harrison who told me that the book included inside info of a demystifying nature and some of the family weren't happy it revealed methods to their madness (neither would telling how the magic trick is done be exposed by most professional performers of prestidigitation).

I read Captain Trips, that was alright; Garcia the Rolling Stone hardcover was better with great photos and various writers adding their two cents...
Rock Skully's book was the out and out tabloid bio, an interesting read but I felt dirty after words.

It's sad that Jerry Garcia so eloquently expressed an enlightened view on psychotropics, only to have too much emphasis placed posthumously on the end result of his experimentations gone awry.

Caveat emptor.

Perhaps it's best not to rinse and repeat with the same formula too long. Switch shampoos now and then to avoid build-up, so to speak.

And yet it was while kicking in rehab, trying to break the routine that was perhaps too great a shock to JG's metabolism.







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Poster: midnight sun Date: Apr 25, 2008 1:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead Books

hey CPW, if you haven't already, i think you would probably enjoy Phil's book...dry sense of humour throughout with about half of the book devoted to the 60's

keep in mind that Phil is not a professional writer, nor is he a chatty-cathy-blabs-all...even so, for me, it could have easily been 10x as long


besides, i somehow doubt we will ever see a GD book written by any of the other band members

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Apr 25, 2008 4:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead Books

Actually, Weir said yesterday at the press conference that the UCSC is great for him because he is planning to write a book and he'll go there to flip through stuff to refresh his memory.

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Poster: midnight sun Date: Apr 25, 2008 8:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead Books

that's good, would rather hear from someone who was/is directly connected to the creative process...has Hunter ever considered such a feat?

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Apr 30, 2008 9:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead Books (what if?)

Been meaning to skim Phil's book, even more now - thanks to midnight sun's teaser -
"...dry sense of humour throughout with about half of the book devoted to the 60's.

keep in mind that Phil is not a professional writer, nor is he a chatty-cathy-blabs-all..."

Imagine if someone inside the Dead rarely regarded as a writer at all had kept an ongoing journal from day one.

What would, say, Pigpen's private thoughts and unfettered feelings about the band be like?